Review: Samsung Ativ Smart PC XE500T1c running Windows 8: I am so not impressed

So I have had the Samsung ATIV Smart PC lying around in my office and I finally got the time to take it home and do a review.

I’m glad I waited so long. I had better things to do.

First, some specs:

The unit I got to review was the following:

  • Model: XE500T1c-A04US
  • Intel Atom: Z2760(1.80GHz)
  • OS: Windows 8 (32Gb)
  • LCD: 11.6 inches HD
  • Resolution: 1366×768
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR@ 800mhz
  • HDD: 64GB on board
  • Wifi: 802.11abgn + BlueTooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 11.97″ x 3.52″ x 0.39″
  • Weight: 1.68 lbs.
  • Price: $699 (with tax)

I’ll make this review quick because these tablets all kinda act and feel the same once you get to the actual OS.

Note: The Samsung Ativ 500T I was sent for review lacked the keyboard that normally ships with the device.

First the unboxing:

Pretty standard box and graphics, nothing sleek or special.

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Then you take this tablet out and hold it. This is when things kinda go south on this one.

ATIV how I don’t like thee, where do I begin?

First of all, it feels too heavy, then it feels too cheap, then it feels too plasticky (not a word I know), then it feels too awkward.

The bottom of the tablet has the attach points for the dock as well as a magnetic connector reminiscent of those Microsoft uses for the Surface. The left-hand side of the device is pretty standard with volume controls and a mini-HDMI output.

The top of the device has a lot going on. From the left, there’s the SD card slots, the USB 2 port, the physical auto-rotate on/off button, and the power switch.

The power button is easy to hit by mistake and the fold-away tabs make the device look really cheap.

The 11.6-inch screen is too big. At least the way it is executed here it is.

It makes the Samsung feel large and clumsy.

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It also comes with a VERY well hidden stylus. A little too well hidden actually. You will miss this location if you just casually look over the tablet…

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Cut to the chase here.

It worked and ran Windows 8 but it always felt a little sluggish to me. It felt like it was under-powered and not that responsive.

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They say battery life on these models is meant to be really great (13 to 15 hours). I didn’t use it long enough to tell you but it seemed fine from all the times I used it, left it on and came back to it several hours later.

Here’s (to me) the biggest problem. I never liked even holding the device.

It felt like a first generation tablet and when you compare it to the splendid ASUS VivoTab RT, it’s like comparing a large bus to a Ferrarri.

My very first Windows 8 tablet was an ExoPC tablet and it felt better than this device. Back then I was so thrilled to be testing earlier previews of Windows 8 on a tablet, everything was forgivable.

In December of 2012, that doesn’t work.

I expected a lot out of the Samsung ATIV line of tablets, phones and PC’s and I have to say, so far I have not been impressed by either the phones or the tablets.

I would AcTIVely avoid this one (pun intended)…

Yeah this is a pretty brief review. It’s not one of the better Windows 8 tablets out here so if you want more specs and details, head to Samsung’s site to get more

Here are the images from my review…

Images – Samsung Ativ Smart PC XE500T1c running Windows 8

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